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Seder in a Pick-Up-Sticks World with Mussar

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LimmudBoston eFestival May 3, 2020. Seder in a Pick Up Sticks World - a presentation by Rabbi Marcia Plumb, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Newton, MA.

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Seder in a Pick-Up-Sticks World with Mussar

  1. 1. LimmudBoston efestival 2020 Seder in a Pick Up Sticks World Rabbi Marcia Plumb Congregation Mishkan Tefila
  2. 2. To every thing, there is a season, And a time for every purpose under heaven. Kohelet When there is too little order, the result is chaos. At the other end of the range, too much order gives rise to obsessiveness and rigidity. The best in order lies between these extremes. Alan Morinis
  3. 3. A Person is Like An Abacus A person is like an abacus—every bead in its place, but if the beads are stuck in place, they cannot move or be flexible.
  4. 4. Write in Chat: Where are you in the continuum? Do you lean toward too much seder or too little?
  5. 5. Lack of Order is like Being in Darkness Job (10:21-22) says, “To the land of darkness and the shadow of death, the land whose darkness is like blackness, a shadow of death and without order, whose very light is like darkness.”
  6. 6. A Lack of Seder Can Leave us Lost “Lack of order causes confusion, and one whose mundane matters are without structure and order will also be confused in their service of God.” --Rabbi Zundel of Salant (Rabbi Yisrael Salanter’s mentor)
  7. 7. Step by Step, Little by Little  Rewinding to the very beginning of time, we discover that God decided to create the world in seven distinct days (or six days of creation and the seventh for rest). The Torah tells us, rather than God creating everything at once, as God certainly could have done, The Eternal chose to form our universe by establishing distinct days through specific utterances.
  8. 8. “First a person should put his home together, then his town, then the world.” --Rabbi Yisrael Salanter
  9. 9. Seder Helps us Be in the Present All your actions and possessions should be orderly – each and every one in a set place and at a set time. Let your thoughts always be free to deal with that which lies ahead of you. This is the trait of Seder/order: allocating a set time for each and every thought and analysis, freeing time and space for each and every affair in the world of action, and demarcating the bounds of each with set boundaries so that one not intrude upon the other. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Leflin - Cheshbon HaNefesh – ch 3
  10. 10. Middot that Support Seder Netzah/Determination, Persistance Savlanut/Patience Hesed/Lovingkindness Ratzon/Will
  11. 11. Questions in Small Group 1. What is one seder oriented objective you have? 2. What is the first small step to achieving it? 3. What middah do you need to accompany seder to help you ? What help do you need to take your first step?
  12. 12. Want more Mussar info? Rabbiplumb@mishkantefila.org Congregation Mishkan Tefila via Website or Facebook

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